Talks & Events

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum encourages you to attend one of our engaging talks and special events. Most are geared to a general, all-ages audience (unless otherwise specified). We hope to spark your love of biodiversity through interesting and timely topics.

  • Biodiversity Lecture Series: In partnership with the Biodiversity Research Centre (BRC), the Museum presents an ongoing series of lectures exploring our understandings of biodiversity.
  • Guest Speakers and Special Events: Scientists and artists from different corners of the world bring their perspective on biodiversity to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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All events listed below are included with museum admission or membership, unless stated otherwise.

shutterbug programs

March 11, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Ian Lane

Take a closer look at local insect life in this exhibition of photographs. Enjoy daily hands-on programs about insects and drop-in activities in the gallery.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Music & Writing Showcase

March 25, 2015, 6:00pm
Christine Fellows & John K. Samson

Join us for an evening of performances by Music & Writing students whose art has been inspired by the collections of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Free for the public.

Northern Flickers are way cool because …

April 5, 2015, 1:00pm
Elizabeth Gow

Join Dr. Elizabeth Gow to learn about the secret life of the northern flicker, including the bird equivalent of mating scandals, abandonment, and trickery.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Ask an Expert about Local Birds

April 5, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jude Grass and Al Grass

Fascinated by our feathered friends? Been birdwatching but struggled to identify the winged creatures you've spotted? Bring in a photo to have it expertly identified by birder Jude Grass. Jude will show you how to go about finding names of the birds that you see.

Free for the public.

Campus Walk - Totem Fields

April 18, 2015, 10:15am - 12:15pm
Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez

Join Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez, a Researcher at the Biodiversity Research Centre, on a walk to Totem Field where she will show you the trees that she studies. Black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa), is an ecologically and economically important forest tree from North America, and the first tree species to have its genome sequenced.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Arctic char are way cool because...

May 3, 2015, 1:00pm
Shannan May-McNally

Come venture to the wilderness of Alaska with Shannan May-McNally, a MSc graduate in the Taylor lab, and learn about one of the most variable fish on the planet.

Included with museum admission or membership.

Beaty's Birding Bonanza

May 3, 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Derek Tan, Ildiko Szabo & Shannan May

Bonkers for Birds? Join us for a day full of bird fun in honour of Bird Week! Ask an Expert about Eagles, sketch bird specimens with the guidance of an artist, and more!

Included with museum admission or membership.

Macro Photography Workshop

May 16, 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Derek Tan

Learn to take better macro photos using a basic point-and-shoot digital camera in our hands-on photography workshop. Aimed at beginner or novice adult photographers, this workshop will cover basic tips for how to get clear, in-focus close-up photographs.

$30 per participant.

Ask an Expert about Insects

June 7, 2014, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Karen Needham & Don Griffiths

Bugs are beautiful - just ask Spencer Entomological Curator Karen Needham and Imaging Technician Don Griffiths. Don has been taking stunning images of insects from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum's collection. Find out why these images are important for things like insect identification.

Free for the public.

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